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View Poll Results: I would buy
1998 (e36) 328i with 84K 8 26.67%
2001 (e46) 330i with 140K 22 73.33%
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:22 AM   #1
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Exclamation Which one would you choose?

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Old 09-29-2006, 11:31 AM   #2
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I'm not crazy about old anything. The newer the model, the better. The e36 is now two generations old. The e46 will age gracefully. Plus, the 330 is a fabulous car.
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:43 AM   #3
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well the E36 has 80K less KM than it should & the E46 has 40K KM more than it should, it really depends on which look you want.
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Old 09-29-2006, 11:46 AM   #4
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330 Have the car checked out by an experienced mechanic so he can tell you what needs to be changed or if there's some serious damages. If he tells you there only wear and tear parts that need to be replaced than go for it. And do a engine service to the car. Replace most of the worn parts, and you're good to go. BMWs are built to last if you take care of them well.
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:06 PM   #5
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What do you mean by "Engine Service" ?
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Old 09-29-2006, 07:42 PM   #6
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I would find out when the "Inspection II" was done. It should have been done around 96,000 to 100,000KM.

At 140,000KM or so, an "Inspection I" should be done. I would probably get the seller to pay for that, or go halfs with you from a BMW dealer. This would be good also to see how the car is.

http://www.bimmerzone.com/inspection.htm.
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Old 09-29-2006, 10:16 PM   #7
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After the warranty period, why bother with the Inspection I and II? I'd get the meat and potatoes done, like the tuneup and what not, and that's it. Have you read the checklists of these inspections? Do you have to pay someone to check your seatbelt tension, your door locks, wipers, washer fluid level and headlights?

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Old 09-30-2006, 09:03 AM   #8
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What do you mean by "Engine Service" ?
Engine Tune-up.
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Old 10-16-2006, 09:05 PM   #9
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Hard to beat less mileage...
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:23 AM   #10
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Question

I love the E36 as much as anyone, and I even find this somewhat of a tough decision. If you were deciding between an E36 M3 and the E46 330i it would be a no brainer in favour of the E36.

Anyone who knows both cars well will tell you that the E36 would be more fun to drive because you get a lot more road feel from it and feel more connected to the car. I find the drive in an E36 very comfortable, too, without being overly pampering.

The E46 has newer rounder lines common to most of the cars you see today (a downside in my opinion), a nicer interior and is better isolated from the road making your everyday driving more disconnected and more relaxing. In this particular case, the 330i has significantly more power than the 328i, so if you were looking for a lot of stock power you would be getting as close to the M3 as possible.

Personally, I'd probably still want the low mileage 328i because I like the connected feeling and body style a lot better. I find the E46 body style bland, and the only E46s I've seen that I've really liked were M3s that had a lot of money sunk into them.

The E36 interior is easy to improve with a little work, too, as is the power.
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Old 10-28-2006, 04:28 PM   #11
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Old 10-28-2006, 06:31 PM   #12
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I love the E36 as much as anyone, and I even find this somewhat of a tough decision. If you were deciding between an E36 M3 and the E46 330i it would be a no brainer in favour of the E36.

Anyone who knows both cars well will tell you that the E36 would be more fun to drive because you get a lot more road feel from it and feel more connected to the car. I find the drive in an E36 very comfortable, too, without being overly pampering.

The E46 has newer rounder lines common to most of the cars you see today (a downside in my opinion), a nicer interior and is better isolated from the road making your everyday driving more disconnected and more relaxing. In this particular case, the 330i has significantly more power than the 328i, so if you were looking for a lot of stock power you would be getting as close to the M3 as possible.

Personally, I'd probably still want the low mileage 328i because I like the connected feeling and body style a lot better. I find the E46 body style bland, and the only E46s I've seen that I've really liked were M3s that had a lot of money sunk into them.

The E36 interior is easy to improve with a little work, too, as is the power.
So true, so true.
I love my E46 but miss my E36 everyday.
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Old 10-29-2006, 05:40 AM   #13
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